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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
29 minutes to complete

Welcome

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2 videos (Total 9 min), 2 readings
2 readings
Course 3 Slides10m
Course Parts list10m
1 hour to complete

Course 3 Lecture series

Before jumping into the lab section of this course, we would like to offer you a short lecture series. This lecture series will compliment everything you are about to do for the remainder of the course.

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7 videos (Total 49 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Inspiration from Hollywood8m
Discrete Signals and digital Signal Processing12m
Life below the Nyquist (Advanced)7m
Resolution, Bandwidth, and Power7m
1 practice exercise
Lecture Module Quiz10m
1 hour to complete

Terminology/Cheat Sheet (Beginner)

In this course, you will see a lot of new words and acronyms you might not be familiar with. If you feel comfortable with your knowledge of tech terminology, feel free to skip these lessons since they will not affect the overall integrity of the course. If you see something that you want to know a little more about, feel free to watch the video to gain insight on some basic concepts. We do expect you to know the majority of this material before going into the next module, we would recommend going through the lessons as a quick brush up.

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17 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
17 videos
Acronyms (General)2m
Frequent Terminology2m
A look back at Lesson 146s
Introduction to Lesson 22m
Ohm's Law5m
Electromagnetic Spectrum2m
Bluetooth2m
Operational Amplifiers3m
A look back at Lesson 21m
Introduction to Lesson 31m
Java4m
Python3m
Breadboards5m
A look back at Lesson 31m
3 readings
Module 1 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Ohm's law and circuit supplementals10m
Python and Java supplementals10m
1 practice exercise
Module 112m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

GPIO Programming

Hello everyone and welcome to GPIO Programming! In order for the DragonBoard™ 410c to interact with the world there has to be an interface between them. For the purpose of this project the GPIO interface will serve as a way to sense and interact with the environment. In this lesson we will talk about General Purpose Input/Output pins and why they are important to this project. We will try to define them as well as provide other resources that could help further explain their purpose. In taking a look at the low speed expansion header on the DragonBoard™ 410c we will locate and explain all other GPIO interfaces. Since only the 12 GPIO will be necessary for this course, most of this lesson will focus on them. Once a greater understanding of the GPIO is achieved we will then access them via command prompt be it through a PC host or on board OS such as Ubuntu. Finally in this lesson we will show you how to make your first program/application capable of controlling a GPIO.

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33 videos (Total 87 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
33 videos
GPIO, project specific uses2m
GPIO, overall uses1m
A look back at Lesson 145s
Introduction to Lesson 250s
Pin layout4m
Pin access1m
A look back at Lesson 249s
Introduction to Lesson 31m
Multi-Purpose Pins (MPP) vs. GPIO1m
Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C)1m
Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)1m
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART)1m
Pulse-Code Modulation (PCM)1m
A look back at Lesson 355s
Introduction to Lesson 426s
GPIO access with Android5m
GPIO access with Ubuntu5m
A look back at Lesson 451s
Introduction to Lesson 5a1m
Modify boot script7m
GPIO Library (Java)5m
Make your application (Gradle)8m
Make your application (Manually)4m
A look back at Lesson 5a1m
Introduction to Lesson 5b59s
Python and other languages3m
GPIO Library4m
Build your program5m
A look back at Lesson 5b44s
Video Challenge!41s
5 readings
Module 2 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Modify the Android boot script.10m
GPIO Library (Python)10m
First Python program (LED test).10m
Peer review assignment (Cheat sheet)10m
1 practice exercise
Module 210m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Amplifier Build

Time to build your very own amplifier! In order to interact with a wide variety of components, including many of the components that will be used throughout this course the voltage output from the DragonBoard™ 410c low speed expansion header will need to be amplified. In this lesson we will talk about a very basic voltage amplifier design. This design will be used to boost the signal voltage from the GPIO’s located on the DragonBoard™ 410c low speed expansion header. Once familiar with this basic amplifier, one can make adjustments to create personalized amplifiers geared toward specific future projects.

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27 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
27 videos
Op-Amps1m
DragonBoard™ 410c pin voltages1m
A look back at Lesson 153s
Introduction to Lesson 21m
Specification matching2m
Theory and Calculations5m
Amplifier Diagram (NTE987)1m
Weighing your options1m
A look back at Lesson 251s
Introduction to Lesson 3a24s
Parts and tools required1m
Putting it together6m
A look back at Lesson 3a26s
Introduction to Lesson 3b1m
Parts and tools required1m
Soldering tips7m
PCB amplifier breakdown3m
A look back at Lesson 3b1m
Introduction to Lesson 439s
Debugging and Troubleshooting (Breadboard)2m
Debugging and Troubleshooting (PCB)1m
See the difference (LED test)1m
A look back at Lesson 434s
Video Challenge!45s
1 reading
Module 3 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
1 practice exercise
Module 312m
1 hour to complete

Stepper Motors

We are all basically made of motors, not really, but most robots are! When working with robotics, motors among several other things are some of the most important components you will chose for a project. In this lesson we will compare a variety of different motors widely used in DIY projects, especially DIY projects centered around robotics. We will take a deeper look at the stepper motor and what they are made of. We will then talk about the H-Bridge integrated circuit chip, why it is necessary for this projects and how it is used. Lastly, this lesson will guide you through the process of building a circuit capable of running a stepper motor. Schematics and code will be provided in order to gain a greater understanding of the stepper motor, as well as to facilitate the step by step instructions found in this lesson's documentation.

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16 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
16 videos
Typical components of the stepper motor3m
Deeper look at how they work2m
A look back at Lesson 135s
Introduction to Lesson 21m
H-Bridge IC Chip1m
Circuit layout3m
Stepper sequence4m
A look back at Lesson 251s
Introduction to Lesson 333s
Building the Circuit2m
Setting up the code!4m
Stepper Motor Demo1m
A look back at Lesson 347s
2 readings
Module 4 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Python Code10m
1 practice exercise
Module 410m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

LED Block

It was amazing when we turned our first LED on. What if we told you one was just the beginning! In this Module we will manipulate 8x8 LED matrices to execute a variety of custom schemes. We will program and build games, and digital displays that can be used for fun or business. The 8x8 LED matrix is just the beginning. Our code and ultimately our concepts can be applied to larger more intricate projects as you grow your IoT toolbox.

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22 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
22 videos
8x8 LED Matrix1m
MAX7219 IC Chip2m
A look back at Lesson 11m
Introduction to Lesson 21m
How it Works2m
Matrix Customization3m
A look back at Lesson 240s
Introduction to Lesson 356s
LED processor library5m
Character Library2m
Expanding to multiple blocks43s
A look back at Lesson 31m
Introduction to Lesson 41m
Building the Circuit3m
Message Display (Ubuntu)1m
Dice Game (Ubuntu)1m
CALIT2 Bird (Android)10m
A look back at Lesson 441s
Video Challenge!1m
2 readings
Module 5 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Python Code10m
1 practice exercise
Module 510m
1 hour to complete

Infrared Sensors

Using sensors that work on the infrared spectrum we can send and receive information. With this knowledge we are ready to program/build a way to use this to our benefit. In this Module you will gain access to code that will allow you take tremendous steps forward in your pursuit to claim of piece of the IoT movement. We are also going talk about the infrared spectrum on a higher level to gain a better understanding of how we are able to use it for these projects. By the end of this Module, you will be able to take a household remote and control various aspects of your DragonBoard™ 410c, especially peripherals through GPIO manipulation.

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14 videos (Total 30 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
Applying this Sensor to the Remote1m
A look back at Lesson 151s
Introduction to Lesson 249s
The Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensor2m
PIR Sensor Demo3m
A look back at Lesson 238s
Introduction to Lesson 31m
Parts list and circuit walkthrough1m
IR Remote demo - Part 1 (Code)3m
IR Remote demo - Part 2 (Demo)7m
A look back at Lesson 31m
3 readings
Module 6 Procedure document (supplemental doc)10m
Python Code10m
Python Code10m
1 practice exercise
Module 66m
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By GHJan 26th 2017

The students who taught this course did an amazing job of putting together the lectures and code.

By JCFeb 9th 2018

Excellent, I recommend this course and specialization.

Instructors

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Ganz Chockalingam

Principal Engineer
Qualcomm Institute of Calit2, UC, San Diego
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Harinath Garudadri

Associate Research Scientist
Qualcomm Institute of Calit2, UC, San Diego

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